From the million-copy bestseller Amanda Prowse, the queen of heartbreak fiction.
Amanda Prowse is the author of The Coordinates Of Loss and the no.1 bestsellers Perfect Daughter, My Husband's Wife and What Have I Done?
This is an unforgettable romance about what happens when two very different people fall in love.
Anna Cole grew up poor, but her mother's love made her feel rich every day. Then her mother died, and Anna was sent to a care home. As a teenager, Anna vowed that one day, she would have children of her own, and create the happy, noisy family life she always craved.
Then, one day, Anna meets Theo Montgomery in a lift. Theo has kind eyes, but a sad past. His family were rich, but his childhood was full of neglect. Theo can't imagine bringing a child into this cruel world, but he does want a soulmate. Someone to love him unconditionally; someone with whom he can share his family's wealth.
Theo and Anna are two damaged souls, from two different worlds. Is their love for each other enough to let go of the pain of their pasts? Or will Anna and Theo break each other's hearts?
There are two sides to every love story. This is Anna's.
Reviews for Amanda Prowse:
'Prowse handles her explosive subject with delicate skill ... Deeply moving and inspiring' DAILY MAIL.
'Powerful and emotional family drama that packs a real punch' HEAT.
'A gut wrenching and absolutely brilliant read' IRISH SUN.
'Captivating, heartbreaking, superbly written' CLOSER.
'Very uplifting and positive, but you may still need a box (or two) of tissues' HELLO.
'An emotional, unputdownable read' RED.
'Prowse writes gritty, contemporary stories but always with an uplifting message of hope' SUNDAY INDEPENDENT.
About the Author
Amanda Prowse is the author of several novels including the number 1 bestsellers What Have I Done?, Perfect Daughter and My Husband's Wife. Her books have sold millions of copies worldwide, and she is published in dozens of languages.
Described by reviewers as 'the queen of family drama', Amanda's characters and stories are often inspired by real life issues. The research for her books has led to partnerships with ITV and Femail among others.
Amanda lives in Bristol with her husband and two sons. As her many twitter followers know, she almost never switches off. But when she does, she can be found drinking tea in her favourite armchair, scribbling ideas for her next book.
Amanda Prowse is the author of several novels including the number 1 bestsellers What Have I Done?, Perfect Daughter and My Husband's Wife. Her books have sold millions of copies worldwide, and she is published in dozens of languages. Described by reviewers as 'the queen of family drama', Amanda's characters and stories are often inspired by real life issues. The research for her books has led to partnerships with ITV and Femail among others. Amanda lives in Bristol with her husband and two sons. As her many twitter followers know, she almost never switches off. But when she does, she can be found drinking tea in her favourite armchair, scribbling ideas for her next book.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
With every book I read by Amanda Prowse, I like her a little bit more. Her characters feel real, with all their imperfections and imperfect reactions to the things life throws their way. “Anna” is no exception. The premise of “Anna”, and “Theo” which follows, is that it is one love story that’s told from two points of view, that of each half of a couple. Anna is the first, and while it isn’t a first person narrative, we do see things from her point of view. Anna is a young woman who’s had an extremely difficult (and at times frightening) childhood, but nonetheless she’s able to maintain a positive outlook on life and the possibilities of the future. When she meets Theo she thinks she’s found the ideal man and that she’s stumbled into a fairytale, but despite coming from wildly different backgrounds, they’ve both had damaging childhoods that end up making their life together more difficult than they’d expected. I loved Anna’s optimism, and it broke my heart to see her struggle to maintain it. And as soon as I got to the end of her story, I went right out to find and read Theo’s story, in which we saw his background and his own struggles with life. I very much enjoyed both stories, and while there were inevitably parts that were repetitive, the difference in perspective helped that from becoming tedious. Thanks to Netgalley and Head of Zeus for providing a copy for an unbiased review.
Anna's mother doesn't have much money, but what she lacks in funds she makes up for in love. Anna knows her mother treasures her and she feels wanted and content. However, Anna's luck doesn't last long because her mother dies when Anna's only nine years old. Her brother tries to raise her, but he's an addict and it doesn't take long before he passes away as well. After a short stay with a cold hearted aunt Anna ends up in care, she's all alone, but promises herself she'll one day start her own family with children she loves as much as her mother loved her. She writes to her future children several times a year and loves them before they are even born. Anna starts her adult life alone, but slowly friendships and relationships are becoming part of her world as well. When she meets Theo she knows she's found the one, but Theo is a complicated man. Theo's family has plenty of money, but his upbringing was chilly and loveless. Because of the difficulties in his early life Theo thinks he'll be a worthless father. Will staying with the man of her dreams mean Anna has to give up her biggest wish? She and Theo love each other very much, but will love be enough for them to make it as a couple? Anna is a beautiful moving story. Anna's early childhood is ideal with much fun, plenty of love and many wonderful games. Anna can be herself and her mother is a true angel. Unfortunately Anna's mother dies way too early and Anna has to learn to take care of herself. She cherishes the days she had with her mother and remains positive even when life is incredibly tough. Anna is strong, capable and loving and she's a joy to be with. She's perfect for the troubled Theo, if only he'd open up. The walls around his heart aren't easy to break down and they're having a tough time together while they love each other deeply. I was curious to find out if they'd be able to make it and couldn't turn the pages quickly enough. Amanda Prowse skillfully describes emotions and that makes all of her stories impressive. She manages to get to know her characters through and through and the reader gets the chance to become really close to them. It isn't hard to care about them after that and that's what I enjoy the most about her books. That includes Anna, I was genuinely interested about what would happen to her and loved each gorgeous layer of her story. The ending has made me extra eager to learn more about Theo and I really like the idea of a double love story. Anna is an excellent start of a fantastic duology and I can't wait to read Theo's half.
Anna is the first of two books making up a whole love story, Theo being the second. Having only read Anna (for the moment) I would say that this is a complete stand-alone story in itself, there is no 'cliffhanger' and you don't need to read the two together, but reading Theo might make you change your mind about the balance of their relationship. Amanda Prowse has a natural and easy to read style of writing, is a master at crafting relationships and interactions within family life, and I therefore found Anna a delight to devour. This is quite an unusual concept to have two books written about the two protagonists of the one love story. I can only think of one other book I've read in which half the book was written in the viewpoint of the female and flip the book over to read the same story from the viewpoint of the male, so depending on which order you read them, you may have differing views of the main story. Anna's story is set over three decades so we get snippets of Anna as a child with her mother, during and after tragic circumstances leaving her in a children's care home, her working life and her time with Theo. Anna is a lovely well balanced and grounded character despite sad circumstances surrounding her upbringing. She is a character you can like and warm to, she feels like your friend. I love the way Amanda Prowse has given her weaknesses as well as strengths, which brings Anna to life in a very real way. She has a great little coping mechanism for when things get too much for her or if feelings of anxiety are becoming overwhelming, The Alphabet Game, in which she goes through the alphabet listing things around her or how she is feeling to give herself thinking and breathing time – not a bad one to use in our everyday life. There are some interesting characters to meet along the way – Jordan was the best thing that came out of the disaster of living with her aunt and uncle, and angry Shania becomes one of Anna's best friends. I was so pleased when Anna and Theo first met, I'd been anticipating the moment from the very beginning, and felt that they gave off good natural vibes for a long term relationship. It's not a smooth ride though, and I will definitely be reading Theo to understand his life and hang-ups and hopefully see that they do eventually get a happy ending.
Anna's side of the story. Anna is the first of a two book set and the second book, Theo, is due for release on March 8th. In this first book we hear Anna's story, in the second one we will get the other side of the coin. I'm hopeless at remembering the finer details in books, so I'm glad I won't have to wait too long for the sequel. Amanda Prowse's characters have always struggled in some way, in The Food of Love it was anorexia and in The Art of Hiding it was bereavement and moving on. This time we meet Anna, left without family from an early age and struggling to find her place in the world. She meets Theo, himself a damaged man, full of hurt and resentment. Can they make a relationship work and live happily ever after? The characterisations were excellent and the dialogue well done and I found myself looking forward to the opportunity to pick the book up and resume reading, which hasn't happened for a while. For me it didn't quite reach the level of The Art of Hiding or The Food of Love, but it was still an excellent read. I shall certainly be on the lookout for Theo's story in the near future.
Anna is an emotional, heart-wrenching and unforgettable story. I devoured every page in this novel and found it impossible to put down. Anna was a happy child until she lost her mother. She was only nine-years-old at the time. Unfortunately, her only sibling was her drug-addicted brother who became her sole caretaker. Anna was more of her brother’s keeper than he was hers. Although the situation was far from ideal, Anna would have given up anything, to keep her brother by her side. Instead, she spent many painful years in the child care system, and with an Aunt, who clearly didn’t want her. Anna’s life began to turn around for the better after she met Theo. She fell for him quickly, as he did for her. Theo and Anna understood one another. They both came from troubled childhoods, and their emotional scars ran deep. Although it pained Theo to keep a secret from Anna, he felt that he had no choice. Theo was too afraid of losing the woman he loved. His secret, however, was a hurtful one, something that would deny Anna, of what she desired most in the world. I loved every page of this superbly written novel! I have read several books by this author and have never been disappointed. I highly recommend reading, Anna. I’ll be looking forward to Amanda Prowse’s next book in the series, Theo’s story. Thank you, Head of Zeus Publishing, Amanda Prowse, and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.